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两岁大的安东尼(Anthony VanSchmus)正在尝试吹奏劳伦斯市市立乐团团员汤姆(Tom Stidham:照片右方的男人)的长号,19997

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该乐团首次公演是在1863年的一个美丽的夏夜。就像命中注定的一般,当夜不久,劳伦斯市就遭受了由昆特里尔(William Clark Quantrill)带领包括了危险的法兰克(Frank)及杰西詹姆斯(Jesse James)的传奇式的袭击。昆特里尔曾谋杀支持联邦的人,这些人大多是废奴主义者(反对奴隶主义的人)。昆特里尔带领他的450位入侵者,攻击支持联邦军的人,如:劳伦斯当地的居民。发动袭击时,这些入侵者共杀害了150多位劳伦斯居民,劳伦斯市市立乐团除一人幸免外,全团团员都惨遭杀害。


What's the oldest musical group you can think of that is still performing? The Rolling Stones? Aerosmith?

The Lawrence City Band in Lawrence, Kansas, can trace its roots back to the Civil War, a time when most of Lawrence's citizens were originally from New England.

The band's first performance was presented on a beautiful summer evening in 1863. As fate would have it, that was the night before the legendary raid on Lawrence by William Clark Quantrill. Quantrill -- and his men, who included the dangerous Frank and Jesse James -- was a murderer of Union sympathizers, many of whom were abolitionists (people who were against slavery). Quantrill and his 450 Raiders attacked Union sympathizers, such as the people of Lawrence. The Raiders killed more than 150 residents of Lawrence during that raid, including all but one of the original members of the Lawrence City Band.

Since then there have been many different members in the Lawrence City Band as the group grows and shrinks depending on the number of musicians in it. Today, the Lawrence City Band commemorates that terrible day and continues the tradition of offering free music on Wednesday nights during the summer to the citizens of Lawrence and anyone else who travels there from far away.

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